William Cole and Andy Flannagan playing live at the Chapel.
Andy Flannagan is a story-teller, weaving hope and pain into songs that soar with beautiful, poignant melodies that betray his Irish roots. His battered Lowden guitar tells the story of fifteen years of acoustic minstrelling – at times mellow, but at times raging against all the things that break a broken world.
With a bowl of tasty curry and opportunity to meet people across a table, this event was an interactive and social occasion with Andy’s songs and stories providing a rich and thought-provoking narrative.
Photos of the evening are available here: Andy Flannagan photos
You can find out more about andy at andyflan.com
If you might be interested in running an event at the chapel you can find out more here.
Midsummer Folk at the Fishermen’s Chapel. Friday 27 June – tickets from leighfolkfestival.com
Cath & Phil Tyler are running a Sacred Harp workshop at the Fishermen’s Chapel on Sunday June 29, from from 11am until 12.30.
The origins of Sacred Harp singing can be traced back to the ‘Country Parish Music’ of 18th century England and the ‘West Gallery’ movement. ‘The Sacred Harp’ was a shape note hymnal published in early 19th century America, and its great popularity started a tradition of vibrant, intense and highly distinctive choral singing across the southern states which continues till this day.
Sacred Harp singers view their tradition as a participatory rather than passive, and this year at the Leigh Folk Festival we are very fortunate to be hosting a free workshop for singers interested in this fascinating and rather overlooked style.
This is to be hosted by Cath Tyler, a native of New Jersey, and an experienced leader of Sacred Harp sessions.
The Fishermen’s Chapel will be a perfect Sunday morning venue for this event, so please come along and help raise the roof!
No experience necessary, and all abilities welcome. No harps please! For more information, contact 01702 715111.
A Sacred Harp video…
Various artists, writers and others are using our studio during June.
Audrey Snee is a local publisher, author and journalist who established the imprint estuary publishing in 2011 and has published four titles which have had great local support: Sole Searching, by fisherman Paul Gilson; Festival of the Gargoyles, by historian Robert Hallmann; Ekco Sounds by Chris Poole and Peter C Brown; and The Tokyo Express by Una Rose. She is also the founder of the Southend Writers and Artists Network.
[Download flyer as a pdf: Free desk in June]
On Easter Sunday, 20 April the chapel hosted an afternoon of live electronic music, spoken word and interactive art.
“Weird electronic ambience, bleeps, crackles and beats from Curly Dan, Alien (Beardy Al) and Adrian Lane with spoken word from Kirsty McHattie. Interactive art project by Ann Harvey. Nice cups of tea at the Fisherman’s Chapel (suitable for adults and children).”
Find out more on the Facebook page: Electric Tea Set